IIT-Bombay’s Achievement: Satellite Pratham
The IIT Bombay Student Satellite Project is a landmark project taken up by IIT Bombay students. The objective of this project is to make IIT Bombay a respected centre for advancement in Satellite and Space Technology in the world. The project aims at launching at least 5 satellites within the next few years. These Satellites could be test-beds for new technology that is being developed in the institute and also a method for space qualification.
Know about the satellite:
- The satellite which weighs around 10 kilograms will be launched using the four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of ISRO
- Satellite will be in the orbit for four months and its main mission is to measure the total electron count in the Ionosphere.
- This is proposed to spread awareness among the student community about this exciting field. The Pratham Project presents a wonderful learning experience to the students of working on a real life multi-disciplinary complex system. A lot of importance is attached to learning, this is evident from the success criterion.
Prof Hemendra Arya of the Aerospace Engineering Department told TOI, “We have received a message from ISRO that the launch is on September 26. If it is rescheduled on account of weather factors or due to any other reason, it will be postponed only by a day or so.”
Initiative to build Pratham was started in 2007:
The initiative to build a satellite was started in 2007, after IIT-B and ISRO entered into a collaboration. The project was again revived in 2012 with a new batch of students, but it missed the launch in 2012 due to technical glitches.